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Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Reality Street Summer Sale

From Ken Edwards:

Reality Street announces its SUMMER SALE of selected titles from the back catalogue. This unique opportunity to acquire some of the most interesting innovative poetry texts of recent years at knock-down prices is available exclusively to visitors to http://www.realitystreet.co.uk during July and August. Buy the books with your debit/credit card via our PayPal site.

Kelvin Corcoran; Lyric Lyric (was £5.99) £2
Allen Fisher: Dispossession & Cure (was £6.50) £2
Fanny Howe: O’Clock (was £6.50) £2
Tony Lopez: Data Shadow (was £6.50) £2
Denise Riley: Selected Poems (was £9) £5
Lisa Robertson: Debbie: An Epic (was £7.50) £2
Lisa Robertson: The Weather (was £7.50) £2
John Seed: Interior in the Open Air (was £5.99) £1
Maurice Scully: Steps (was £6.50) £2
Robert Sheppard: The Lores (was £7.50) £2
Lawrence Upton: Wire Sculptures (was £5) £2
John Welch: Blood & Dreams (was £6.99) £1

Five From Finland: translated & edited by Anselm Hollo (was £7.50) £2
Out of Everywhere: linguistically innovative poetry by women in North America & the UK, edited by Maggie O’Sullivan (was £12.50) £5
Reality Street 4Pack #2: Vital Movement (Andy Brown, Jennifer Chalmers, Mike Higgins, Ira Lightman) (was £5) £1
Reality Street 4Pack #3: New Tonal Language (Patricia Farrell, Shelby Matthews, Simon Perril, Keston Sutherland) (was £5) £1
Reality Street 4Pack #4: Renga+ (Guy Barker, Elizabeth James, Peter Manson) (was £5) £1

Offer is valid while stocks remain or until 31 August 2010. Direct internet orders accepted from individual retail customers only via http://www.realitystreet.co.uk, and limited to one copy of each title – offer not available elsewhere. Postage & packing will be added at the following rates (valid anywhere in the world): £2.50 (orders totalling up to £5); £3.50 (£5.01-£14.99); £5 (£15-£24.99); £6.50 (£25 upward).

Monday, June 28, 2010

Seoul Bus launches in UK while I am in NC

Hear Tom Raworth read a few Seoul Bus Poems at the London launch.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

this will never get old

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

pinch me!

Monday, June 21, 2010

Poems up in the 40th and final Jacket

New poems from The Dustbowl at Jacket 40

How can I stay angry? New Zealand. A perfect goal by David Villa. Three games a day. World Cup, I love you. Please don't go away.

Saturday, June 19, 2010

another look at the play

From The Offside Rules

Friday, June 18, 2010

A point is a point, but this was something ugly

BBC Radio 5 live's David Moyes

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Seoul Bus Poems at Tesco?

Wednesday, June 09, 2010

Action Books open reading June 1-July 15.

The one, the only, Action Books is having its open reading right now. Can't beat that with a stick.

Monday, June 07, 2010

Seoul Bus Poems

I received a box of books the other day, so now it is official, Seoul Bus Poems is out in the world. These poems were written in Seoul, South Korea, 2004-07. While most began on a bus, one began in Bangkok and others in rooms between Yonsei University and Bongwon-sa. A good portion of these poems can be seen by clicking on the links to the right.

Of the publication, Ken Edwards of Reality Street had this to say:

Reality Street has published two new poetry titles by established and new US poets. Fanny Howe's Emergence is her first book for the press since O'Clock, published fifteen years ago. By contrast, Jim Goar's Seoul Bus Poems is his first ever perfect-bound book. Reality Street is pleased to be introducing this talented new poet. At this time, it's unlikely he will make the launch of these two books on 22 June at The Blue Bus, 94 Lamb's Conduit St, London WC1, but I'm glad to say Fanny Howe will be there, and will be reading alongside Tom Raworth - who may also read some of Jim's poems.


You can read more about Reality Street and its history here

If you’d like to purchase Seoul Bus Poems, you have a few options. You can buy it through the Reality Street web site

Or you can buy it through Amazon UK

If you live in the UK, either option makes sense. If you live outside of the UK, the Reality Street option will save you a bunch on shipping.

Sunday, June 06, 2010

One good reason why the Giants have problems

When I was young, I walked across the Golden Gate Bridge. I had just realized that I was never going to be a super hero. It was a tough day. It seems our Bruce Bochy (manager of the Giants) has not yet realized this. Bochy is the "he" in this 2006 USA today article.


"He thinks he's Manu, the world's greatest athlete," Towers says. "Sometimes he's crazy. We walked to the Golden Gate Bridge once. It must have been a 10-mile walk. The walk almost killed him. But he stands there and tells me that he thinks he can jump off the bridge and survive. I tell him only a few people have ever survived that jump, but he doesn't think it's that tough."


This is the man who walks the lineup out to the umpire. It makes me sad. There is a reason why Molina keeps batting 4th.

Saturday, June 05, 2010

A quick review

What does it take to engage in/with a poem? I've been with Spicer now for years and neck deep in his Grail for the past two. I am still not there. That is OK. I love this hunt. I like going round and round and off on all sorts of adventures because of a few words on a page.


Today I was reading something on Jacket and the author of the review edited a magazine and so I looked. On the cover of this magazine was a beautiful woman. Her poems were inside. I could not wait. Before I could get to her poems there was a bio. She comes from an important family. Oxford University Press published her poetry books. Now I really want to know. And scanning down still farther, I begin to read a poem by Fatima Bhutto:


Karachi air

Breathed in through the lungs


Yes, welcome to my pain. After this long search this is how a poem begins? Shit. Where else does the air go (and, mostly because I am already pissed of, does it go through? For the lungs, doesn't it go in)? This angered me. I am still angry, in my lungs. I read on, angrily, still in my lungs, and I find a nice end rhyme: sweet and heat. Fuck. Does this have to unfold this way? To ask these questions, do I need to continue with this poem? No.... this is enough. I am going out so that I may experience:


Brevard air

Breathed in through the lungs.


Maybe that was her point all along.







Thursday, June 03, 2010

Jacket 40: Alice Notley

I am reading Alice Notley's interview in this final issue of Jacket. Her mind, it goes over and over without smoothing. The repetitions are infectious and build tension. Take a look.

Wednesday, June 02, 2010

Black Ocean Open Reading

If you don't already know, Black Ocean is having its annual open reading. I love Black Ocean. I love them for their books, but I also love them because they do not charge anything for this open reading. They trust in the goodness of the people submitting. Submit your work. Support the press; buy a book. These things go hand in hand. It is an implicit agreement which I am very happy to make.

Enough of the soap box. The reading period lasts all of June.